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2007

A collection of podcasts and videos from LSE's programme of public lectures and events.

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Public lecture podcasts and videos: 2007


Human Rights in the 21st century: problems and prospects
Recorded on: 6 December 2007
Speaker(s): Kenneth Roth
In the past decade, Human Rights Watch has emerged as one of the leading human rights organisations in the world, its...
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Why is it Always 'Us' and 'Them': on the natural history of thinking through groups
Recorded on: 6 December 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Lawrence Hirschfeld
This event presents recent findings about representations of social categories that have potential relevance for...
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The United States - Dangerous Nation?
Recorded on: 5 December 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Robert Kagan
The years immediately following the end of the Cold War offered a tantalising glimpse at the possibility of a new kind...
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Shared Protection, Shared Values: Next Steps on Migration
Recorded on: 5 December 2007
Speaker(s): Jacqui Smith MP
Jacqui Smith is Home Secretary, a position she has held since June 2007. Prior to this she held several ministerial...
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Escaping the Prisoners' Dilemma
Recorded on: 4 December 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Nicola Lacey
Only by understanding the institutional preconditions for a tolerant criminal justice system can we think clearly about...
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The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West and the Fight against AIDS
Recorded on: 29 November 2007
Speaker(s): Helen Epstein
This lecture is one event in the LSEAIDS series of Public Lectures on HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases and Reproductive...
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Turning Risk into Opportunity: An insider's guide to entrepreneurial strategy
Recorded on: 29 November 2007
Speaker(s): Sir Ronald Cohen
Sir Ronald Cohen is a founder of the private-equity industry in Europe and one of the world's leading private equity...
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France and Britain in Europe and the World: let's seize the opportunities
Recorded on: 29 November 2007
Speaker(s): Gérard Errera
Most would agree that what unites those 'sweet enemies', France and Britain, is much greater than what divides them....
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Russia after Putin: revisionism or reform, isolation or integration
Recorded on: 27 November 2007
Speaker(s): Sir Roderic Lyne
Under Vladimir Putin, Russia's relations with many Western states has become increasingly edgy. What are the prospects...
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Re-Writing the History of the Constitution: from the miraculous to the political
Recorded on: 27 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Carol Berkin
Was the US constitution the work of confident demigods and innovators or the handiwork of anxious political leaders who...
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Crises in Democracy: constituency re-districting and gerrymandering in the UK and US
Recorded on: 27 November 2007
Speaker(s): Sam Hirsch, Iain McLean
One person, one vote is a core principle of a democratic system. Electoral districting in the UK and US is far from...
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Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad
Recorded on: 26 November 2007
Speaker(s): Ambassador John R. Bolton
This lecture and question and answer session marked the launch of Ambassador Bolton's new book Surrender in Not an...
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Can Democracy Be Bought? Democracy Promotion After 1989
Recorded on: 22 November 2007
Speaker(s): Daniele Archibugi, Armine Ishkanian; Dr Iain King
Democracy promotion became a key foreign policy issue pursued by Western governments after 1989. To what extent are...
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The Future of Broadcasting - Public Service in a Digital Age
Recorded on: 21 November 2007
Speaker(s): Ed Richards, Damian Tambini
The countdown to the end of British public service broadcasting has begun. In 2012 analogue is switched off as the...
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The Psychology of Saving and Investment: Sticky Biases and the Curse of Education
Recorded on: 21 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor David Laibson
Over three lectures, David Laibson will challenge many standard assumptions in economics and show how a combination of...
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[limited access] or the open city?
Recorded on: 20 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Kees Christiaanse
The idea of the open city as a place of social integration, cultural diversity and collective identity is perceived as...
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The Psychology of Saving and Investment: Investment for Dummies
Recorded on: 20 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor David Laibson
Over three lectures, David Laibson will challenge many standard assumptions in economics and show how a combination of...
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The Psychology of Saving and Investment: Intertemporal Choice
Recorded on: 19 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor David Laibson
Over three lectures, David Laibson will challenge many standard assumptions in economics and show how a combination of...
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Humanitarian Aid and Independence: do no harm?
Recorded on: 15 November 2007
Speaker(s): Geoffrey Dennis, James Kliffen, Bernard Pécoul, Dr Edward Simpson
Humanitarian NGOs find themselves increasingly providing aid in conflict situations alongside military actors and...
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Migration and Social Transformation
Recorded on: 15 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Stephen Castles
Growing interest in migration research reflects the politicisation of international migration but this could lead to...
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Making the World work: UK Foreign Policy, business and civil society
Recorded on: 15 November 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Mark Malloch-Brown
Mark Malloch-Brown was appointed the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN attending Cabinet in June 2007. His...
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Iraq and the Law: what went wrong?
Recorded on: 14 November 2007
Speaker(s): Rabinder Singh QC
Rabinder Singh QC, a barrister at Matrix Chambers and Visiting Professor of Law at the LSE, has been involved in some...
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Knowledge Economies in China
Recorded on: 14 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah
As China takes its place among the world's richest economies, economic growth in the long run will endure only if...
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Past, Present and Future of Oil
Recorded on: 13 November 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Browne
Based on his experience as former chief executive of BP, Lord Browne will share his thoughts about the future of oil,...
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Global Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy
Recorded on: 13 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor James Curran
Much of the world is moving towards the entertainment-centred, market-based media model of the United States. If this...
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The Modern Commonwealth: challenges in the 21st century
Recorded on: 12 November 2007
Speaker(s): Don McKinnon
On the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala at end-November 2007, Secretary-General Don...
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Hungary in the 21st Century
Recorded on: 12 November 2007
Speaker(s): Ferenc Gyurcsány
The lecture will focus on Hungary's economic development, reform process and energy security. The Prime Minister will...
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The Future of Impartiality - Is the Public Service Ethos Doomed?
Recorded on: 8 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Baum
Is it possible to regulate for impartiality in a post 2012 world or is the public service ethos doomed? Emily Bell is a...
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Popperian Pathways: the demarcation between quack cancer cures and scientific remedies
Recorded on: 6 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Baum
Why exactly is a scientific approach to medicine preferable to so-called 'alternative' approaches? Michael Baum is...
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Judging the Booker Prize: what concerns novelists in English today (and what does not)
Recorded on: 6 November 2007
Speaker(s): Howard Davies
Howard Davies is chair of the judges for the 2007 Man Booker prize. Following the award of the prize on 16 October he...
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The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
Recorded on: 6 November 2007
Speaker(s): Professor John Mearsheimer, Professor Stephen Walt
A look at the nature and activities of the 'Israel lobby' in the United States, and how various groups and individuals...
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Field Notes: Human rights defenders speak
Recorded on: 6 November 2007
Speaker(s): Mandira Sharma, Arnold Tsunga
In this seventh 'Field notes' event held in conjunction with Human Rights Watch UK, frontline human rights defenders...
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Greece and Europe: a lecture by Dora Bakoyannis
Recorded on: 5 November 2007
Speaker(s): Dora Bakoyannis
Dora Bakoyannis is Greek minister of foreign affairs and a leading member of the governing New Democracy Party.
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Globalising Capital Markets: new actors, new flows, new partnerships
Recorded on: 31 October 2007
Speaker(s): Richard J Gnodde
The global capital markets are being transformed by the emergence of new actors, new flows and new partnerships -...
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The Role of Inter-governmental, State and Non-governmental Players in Conflict Resolution
Recorded on: 29 October 2007
Speaker(s): Martti Ahtisaari
Martti Ahtisaari will draw attention to both challenges and opportunities of multi-stakeholder co-operation in conflict...
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China's Financial Markets: how they are emerging as a global force
Recorded on: 29 October 2007
Speaker(s): Howard Davies
Howard Davies, who has advised the Chinese government on financial reform for the last four years, reviews the...
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Marking a New Era for Equality and Human Rights in Britain
Recorded on: 25 October 2007
Speaker(s): Baroness Jane Campbell DBE, Francesca Klug OBE; Trevor Phillips
The new Equality and Human Rights Commission has just started its work in Britain. Its goal is to be an 'independent...
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Beyond the Genome: the challenge of synthetic biology
Recorded on: 24 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Franklin, Professor Peter Lipton; Professor Chris Mason; Dr J Craig Venter
The 1970s introduced genetic modification, the 1990s cloning and GM food, and the human genome was sequenced in 2000....
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Are Solicitors' Lives Necessarily Boring?
Recorded on: 24 October 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Stephen Cretney
Legal biographies and autobiographies are a rich and important source of information about the legal system, statute...
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Garibaldi: the patriot as global hero
Recorded on: 24 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Lucy Riall, Professor John Breuilly
The Italian revolutionary leader Giuseppe Garibaldi was not only worshipped as national hero in his country but he was...
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Europe, Migration and Globalisation - What About the Workers?
Recorded on: 23 October 2007
Speaker(s): John Monks
John Monks will explore the prospects for workers in a world increasingly dominated by the free movement of capital and...
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Is Democracy in Crisis? Lessons from the Greek Experience
Recorded on: 23 October 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Costas Simitis
This lecture will cover aspects of politics and policy in contemporary Greece in relation to recent developments in...
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Cornered in the Centre: aid and development in a rough neighbourhood
Recorded on: 22 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray
In his lecture Toby Lanzer looks at the challenges of kick starting and managing a humanitarian and development...
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Denied - This bit of Truth
Recorded on: 22 October 2007
Speaker(s): Shrenik Rao
The UK premier of a new documentary, Zimbabwe Revealed, by former LSE student Shrenik Rao, followed by a panel debate...
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Cash In - Carbon Out
Recorded on: 18 October 2007
Speaker(s): Sam Frankhauser, Abyd Karmali, Ralf Martin; Professor Michael Mainelli; Jan-Peter Onstwedder; Martin Wolf
How 'The London Accord' has focused City Research on Climate Change. This introduction to the London Accord will be...
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Utopian Hope and Apocalyptic Religion
Recorded on: 18 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray
Where does the utopian impulse in politics originate, and does it have a future? John Gray argues that though they...
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The Divergence of the Bottom Billion
Recorded on: 18 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Collier
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which track poverty among 5 billion people, miss the key future challenge for...
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Macedonia - tests passed and the challenges ahead
Recorded on: 18 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Antonio...
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Panel Discussion on Judicial Biography
Recorded on: 17 October 2007
Speaker(s): Neil Duxbury, Professor Lisa Jardine; Professor Nicola Lacey; Geoffrey Lewis
Legal biographies and autobiographies are a rich and important source of information about the legal system, statute...
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Can the Welfare State Work in a Globalising World?
Recorded on: 17 October 2007
Speaker(s): President Tarja Halonen
In a globalised world, can the welfare state model - such as the one in Finland and other Nordic states be successful...
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Public Space and the Body
Recorded on: 16 October 2007
Speaker(s): Antony Gormley, Darian Leader; Renata Salecl
Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of...
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The Ukrainian Elections 2007: whatever happened to the Orange Revolution?
Recorded on: 16 October 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, Dr Andrew Wilson
On 30 September pre-term parliamentary elections will be held in Ukraine. Can the country's stalemate be resolved by...
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Europe's Emerging New Energy Policy
Recorded on: 16 October 2007
Speaker(s): Andris Piebalgs
Since the call of the Hampton Court European Council for a European Energy Policy the Commission has been actively...
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Positions, Activities and Organisations: strategy, from conception to implementation
Recorded on: 15 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Luis Garicano
This is the first in a series of lectures to mark the establishment of LSE's Department of Management. Professor...
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Reforming the United Nations - Mission Impossible?
Recorded on: 11 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Kennedy
Professor Kennedy's latest book is The Parliament of Man: the past, present and future of the United Nations (2006),...
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Litigating Human Rights in the Context of International Terrorism
Recorded on: 11 October 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Helen Duffy
This lecture will explore some of the key human rights challenges posed by the 'War on Terror' and the experience of...
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A Life In Law
Recorded on: 10 October 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Bingham, Professor Ross Cranston
Legal biographies and autobiographies are a rich and important source of information about the legal system, statute...
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The Hubris Syndrome: the intoxication of power
Recorded on: 9 October 2007
Speaker(s): Lord David Owen
Lord Owen will explore the effects of political power on politicians themselves and investigate the concept of the...
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Media and Democracy in Post-Putin Russia: has the death of press freedom been exaggerated?
Recorded on: 8 October 2007
Speaker(s): Miklos Haraszti, Edward Lucas; Pavel Andreev; Darya Pushkova
Who is to blame for the current state of the Russian media? Can press freedom be revived? Miklos Haraszti is the...
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The Challenges of Development and Environmental Sustainability in Africa: the case of Rwanda
Recorded on: 4 October 2007
Speaker(s): His Excellency Paul Kagame
Africa is experiencing major changes to its environment as a result of climate change. This has clear implications for...
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Cool It: global warming and getting our priorities straight
Recorded on: 2 October 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Bjørn Lomborg
Current policy proposals on global warming tend to focus on early and strong greenhouse gas cuts, although these will...
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Can we still trust TV?
Recorded on: 25 September 2007
Speaker(s): Mark Stephens
Telly has had a torrid 2007. Under fire for fake competitions, phones ins that are scams and documentaries that are...
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Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way to be Smart
Recorded on: 13 September 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Ian Ayres
Today's best and brightest organisations are analysing massive databases at lightning speed to provide greater insights...
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The Future of Iraq: the media and public response to the Iraq Commission
Recorded on: 24 July 2007
Speaker(s): Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Patrick Cockburn; Tim Finch; Baroness Margaret Jay; Professor Mary Kaldor
Following a series of hearings, Channel 4 aired the findings of the Channel 4/ Foreign Policy Centre Iraq Commission in...
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Exploring options for the process of constitutional change
Recorded on: 18 July 2007
Speaker(s): The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Shami Chakrabarti; Nick Clegg MP; Peter Facey Dominic Grieve QC MP; Professor Robert Hazell; Gus Hosein; Henry Porter; Justice Robert Sharpe; Roger Smith; Michael Willis MP
In what will be his first major speech since taking on leadership of constitutional reform, the Secretary of State for...
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Energy Crisis: Resource Scarcity Oil Wars and Climate Change
Recorded on: 4 July 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Mary Kaldor, Yahia Said; George Soros; Professor Sir Nicholas Stern
This event seeks to encourage a more holistic approach towards thinking about energy security, and will mark the launch...
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Development Governance and the Media: the role of the media in building African society
Recorded on: 27 June 2007
Speaker(s): Mark Wilson, James Deane; Gerald Milward-Oliver
How can the media hold governments in developing countries to account? How can more effective media development improve...
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Sustaining Growth and promoting inclusion in India's Economy and Society
Recorded on: 26 June 2007
Speaker(s): Sir Nicholas Stern
Professor Stuart Corbridge is head of the Development Studies Institute, LSE. Mr Anwar Hasan, is managing director of...
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Appropriation of Freedom: Freud's conception of the individual self-relation
Recorded on: 21 June 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Axel Honneth
This lecture develops Freud's implicit idea of the freedom of the will. For Freud, the 'healthy' person is very often...
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Liquidity Asset Prices and Market Efficiency
Recorded on: 18 June 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Jiang Wang
Liquidity is of critical importance to the stability and the efficiency of financial markets. Shortages of liquidity...
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Globilisation and Welfare
Recorded on: 14 June 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Krugman
Progressive free-traders - people who believe both in domestic equity and in the promise of globalisation - are feeling...
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The NHS: The Next 10 Years
Recorded on: 14 June 2007
Speaker(s): Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP
In this lecture, Patricia Hewitt will reflect on the achievements and lessons learnt from the last ten years of...
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Israel and the Palestinians: Domestic Developments and Prospects for Talks
Recorded on: 13 June 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Shai Feldman, Dr. Khalil Shikaki
Professor Shai Feldman is director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, Boston. From...
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Democracy or Dictatorship? Emerging Political Crisis in Pakistan
Recorded on: 12 June 2007
Speaker(s): Imran Khan
[Please note that due to a sudden change of venue, the beginning of this lecture is missing] Imran Khan is a member of...
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Global Warming and the Political Economy of Cities
Recorded on: 6 June 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Saskia Sassen
Global warming will fundamentally alter the political economy of cities. A large number of cities will be in the front...
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Is the 'Rule of Law' Good for Cities?
Recorded on: 5 June 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Gerald Frug
There is a widespread consensus that, everywhere in the world, urban development has to be based on the rule of law....
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Financing Sustainable Urban Development
Recorded on: 4 June 2007
Speaker(s): Hari Sankaran
Financing urban development and infrastructure requires consistent strategic planning. While urban planning adjusts to...
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American Policy Toward Israel: the power and limits of beliefs
Recorded on: 30 May 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Michael Thomas
Most scholars explain America's nearly unconditional support of Israel either as a result of inordinate influence by a...
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Swords and Ploughshares
Recorded on: 21 May 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Paddy Ashdown
In this lecture Lord Paddy Ashdown discusses his new book - Swords and Ploughshares: Bringing Peace to the 21st...
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Re-searching the Potential of Cultural-Historical Psychology
Recorded on: 16 May 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cole
From its founding as an academic discipline, psychology has been divided in its understanding of itself. The project to...
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New Labour - Ten Years On
Recorded on: 9 May 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Anthony Giddens, Lord Kinnock; Ed Miliband MP; Mandy Telford; Stephen Twigg
Many children approaching adulthood today will not remember anything other than a Labour government. So ten years on...
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The Hydrogen Economy: preparing the world for a new energy era and the third industrial revolution
Recorded on: 8 May 2007
Speaker(s): Jeremy Rifkin
This lecture critically examines the fossil fuel era and its consequences for industrial civilisation. It explores the...
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Trade and Inequality Revisited
Recorded on: 4 May 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Krugman
Manufactured imports from developing countries have risen sharply since the mid-90s, when the effects of trade on...
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Will Blair's European Dream Be Brown's British Nightmare?
Recorded on: 3 May 2007
Speaker(s): Sir Stephen Wall
Tony Blair was at ease in the European Union. He saw the EU as part of the solution to the challenges of economic...
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Do War Crime Trials Do More Harm Than Good?
Recorded on: 3 May 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Goldstone and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Intuitively all defenders of human rights are in favour of war crime trials. But can the idea of an international code...
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British Foreign Policy - Challenges facing the next Prime Minister
Recorded on: 30 April 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Howe, Lord Hurd; Dr Robin Niblett; Lord Owen; Gideon Rachman; Sir Malcolm Rifkind
This public debate marks the launch of British Diplomacy: Foreign Secretaries Reflect edited by Graham Ziegner...
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In Conversation with The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH
Recorded on: 24 April 2007
Speaker(s): Sir John Major in conversation with Elinor Goodman
During the course of this conversation Sir John Major will reflect on his experiences as Prime Minister and discuss...
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The Ageing Society: challenges opportunities and unnecessary scares
Recorded on: 23 April 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Adair Turner
As part of LSE's series of lectures looking at the long term challenges facing Britain and British politicians 'after...
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Public Diplomacy - Steps to the Future
Recorded on: 23 April 2007
Speaker(s): Lord Triesman
Lord David Triesman of Tottenham will discuss the role that public diplomacy plays in the achievement of the...
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A Hundred Years of Relativity: what remains controversial for the philosopher?
Recorded on: 18 April 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Harvey Brown
Professor Brown will reappraise the reality and origins of the relativistic phenomena of length contraction and time,...
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Inventing Temperature
Recorded on: 18 April 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Hasok Chang
This lecture will argue that examining what seems to be a very straightforward question - what is temperature and how...
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Understanding the Equity Premium Puzzle
Recorded on: 13 March 2007
Speaker(s): Professor George Constantinides
Professor Constantanides is one of the most prominent and creative research scholars in the field of financial...
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Contracts Reference Points and the Theory of the Firm
Recorded on: 22 February 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Oliver Hart
This lecture launches two new annual lecture series, the Coase Lecture and the Phillips Lecture. These names reflect...
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Which way China? Will the world's most populous country embrace sustainable development? Is Dongtan City - Shanghai's new eco-city - the model for saving our cities and sustainable urban development?
Recorded on: 21 February 2007
Speaker(s): Prof. Herbie Girardet, Isabel Hilton
Dongtan Eco-City, has been widely publicised and is regarded as a flagship model for sustainable urban development. But...
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From Kabila to Kabila: what else is new?
Recorded on: 19 February 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Rene Lemarchand
Professor Lemarchand will consider the prospects for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the...
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Psychology as Social Science
Recorded on: 5 February 2007
Speaker(s): Professor Nikolas Rose
This talk considers what it means to approach psychology as a 'social' science in a specific sense - that is to say it...
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The Kosovo Precedent? Secession and Frozen Conflicts
Recorded on: 22 January 2007
Speaker(s): Dr Florian Bieber, Professor Bruno Coppieters
This roundtable discussion will explore the concept of secession by placing the experience of Kosovo in a comparative...
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